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Live fast, die hot

Mollen, Jenny, 1979- author.

818.602 MOLLEN

Until two years ago, her life was exciting, sexy, a little eccentric, and one hundred percent impulsive. She had a husband who embraced her crazy--who understood her need to occasionally stalk around the house in his ex-girlfriend's old beach caftans, or to invite their drug dealer to Passover Seder (so he wouldn't feel like they were only using him for drugs). Then they had their son, Sid, and overnight, Jenny was forced to grow up: to be responsible, to brush her hair, to listen to her voicemail. Live Fast Die Hot is a collection of stories about what happens when you realize that some things are more important than crafting the perfect tweet.

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Suggested by Marina

Another funny Jenny! I would put her on par with Jenny Lawson-type humor. Very good--I also appreciated her husband and son playing their parts in the audio.

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Hold me closer, necromancer

McBride, Lish.

TEEN MCBRIDE

Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

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Suggested by Marina

Reminiscent of the television show Reaper it is funny and goofy and a little bit creepy.

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Star wars. Aftermath

Wendig, Chuck, author.

FIC WENDIG

As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance -- now a fledgling New Republic -- presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he's taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders. Meanwhile, on the planet's surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world -- war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles's urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn't know is just how close the enemy is -- or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be. Determined to preserve the Empire's power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top secret emergency summit -- to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven't reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies -- her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector -- who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire's oppressive reign once and for all.

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Suggested by Lindsey

If you've seen Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, this first book in a series helps fill in some of the gaps between those films. I love the characters introduced in Aftermath, and I highly recommend the audiobook!

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The Danish girl : a novel

Ebershoff, David.

FIC EBERSHO

A novel set in Copenhagen, Paris, and Dresden in the 1920s, introduces a man who discovers he is a woman, and the woman who will do anything for him, in a tale of love and marriage in the midst of fundamental crisis.

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Suggested by Lindsey

Many have seen the award-winning film, but the book is equally beautiful. And tragic, which I happen to enjoy.

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A guinea pig Oliver Twist ; or, the parish boy's progress

Goodwin, Alex, 1985- author.

FIC GOODWIN

This delightful retelling of Oliver Twist is illustrated throughout with full color photos of guinea pigs. Costumers familiar with the elegant curves of the guinea pig form have tailored lush period looks which will lead the reader to delight in the adorable little pigs with expressive eyes dressed in the tattered rags of street urchins and orphans that roamed the streets in gritty 19th-century London.

Suggested by Lindsey

The author of "A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice" returns! For those who enjoy both classic literature and adorable animals in tiny clothing.

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The occult, witchcraft & magic : an illustrated history

Dell, Christopher, 1976- author.

133.4 DELL

From the earliest Paleolithic cave rituals, magic has gripped the imagination. Magic and magicians appear in early Babylonian texts, the Bible, Judaism and Islam. Secret words, spells and incantations lie at the heart of every mythological tradition. Today, magic means many things: contemporary Wicca is practiced widely as a modern pagan religion in Europe and the US; 'magic' also evokes the cathartic rituals of Chaos magic, but stretches to include the non-spiritual, rapid-fire sleight of hand performed by slick stage magicians who fill vast arenas. The book is packed with authoritative text and a huge and inspired selection of images, chosen from unusual and hidden sources. The material is presented in 100 entries, and includes some of the best-known representations of magic and the occult from around the world.

Suggested by Lindsey

A fascinating compendium on the history of magic from all around the world. I consider myself a history buff but I learned a lot from this book!

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Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Flagg, Fannie.

FIC FLAGG

Elderly Mrs. Threadgoode relates the story of her life and of her best friend, Ruth, who ran the Whistle Stop Cafe in Alabama in the thirties.

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Suggested by Lindsey

The book contains a subtle love story that was sadly left out of the film, but overall this is just plain good storytelling.

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The wicked + the divine. Vol. 1, The Faust act

Gillen, Kieron, author.

FIC GILLEN

Every ninety years, twelve gods return as young people. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are all dead. It's happening now. It's happening again.

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Suggested by Jocelyn.

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Paper girls. 1

Vaughan, Brian K., author.

FIC VAUGHAN

In the early hours after Halloween on 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and supernatural mysteries collide in this series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood -- back cover.

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Troublemaker

Howard, Linda, 1950- author.

FIC HOWARD

For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he's ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who's after the members of his elite squad--and why. Due to worries that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he's determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most dangerous mission yet. The part-time police chief of a small West Virginian mountain town, Isabeau "Bo" Maran finally has her life figured out. She's got friends, a dog, and a little money in the bank. Then Morgan Yancy shows up on her doorstep. Bo doesn't need a mysterious man in her life--especially a troublemaker as enticing and secretive as Morgan.

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Suggested by Jocelyn.

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Truth or beard

Reid, Penny, author.

FIC REID

After a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of his twin brother Duane's disdain; therefore she's unprepared for the reality that is Duane's insatiable interest.

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Suggested by Jocelyn.

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Romeo and/or Juliet : a chooseable-path adventure

North, Ryan, 1980- author.

FIC NORTH

What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? You get to decide if there should be romance, epic fight scenes... or robot suits! Packed with exciting choices, fun puzzles, secret surprises, terrible puns, and more than a billion possible storylines, you'll discover a new experience every time you read it. It's the first book with an unlockable character. Choose well, and you may even get to the world's most awkward choose-your-own sex scene.

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Suggested by Jocelyn.

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Sweet ruin

Cole, Kresley, author.

FIC COLE

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn't know who or what she was--just that she was "bad," an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother, Thaddeus, was as perfect as she was flawed : protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo's transition from angry girl ... to would-be superhero ... to enchanting villain.

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Suggested by Jocelyn.

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Trillium

Lemire, Jeff.

FIC LEMIRE

"Award-winning and fan favorite comics creator Jeff Lemire spins the tale of two star-crossed loved through space in time in TRILLIUM! It's the year 3797, and botanist Nika Temsmith is researching a strange species on a remote science station near the outermost rim of colonized space. It's the year 1921, and renowned English explorer William Pike leads an expedition into the dense jungles of Peru in search of the fabled "Lost Temple of the Incas," an elusive sanctuary said to have strange healing properties. Two disparate souls separated by thousands of years and hundreds of millions of miles. Yet they will fall in love and, as a result, bring about the end of the universe. Even though reality is unraveling all around them, nothing can pull them apart. This isn't just a love story, it's the LAST love story ever told"--

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Suggested by Jocelyn.

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Ancient shores

McDevitt, Jack.

eBOOK OVERDRI

It turned up in a North Dakota wheat field: a triangle, like a shark's fin, sticking up from the black loam. Tom Lasker did what any farmer would have done. He dug it up. And discovered a boat, made of a fiberglass-like material with an utterly impossible atomic number. What it was doing buried under a dozen feet of prairie soil two thousand miles from any ocean, no one knew. True, Tom Lasker's wheat field had once been on the shoreline of a great inland sea, but that was a long time ago -- ten thousand years ago.

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Suggested by Jocelyn.

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The breach

Lee, Patrick, 1976-

FIC LEE

"Trying to regain his life in the Alaskan wilds, ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase stumbles upon an impossible scene: a crashed 747 passenger jet filled with the murdered dead, including the wife of the President of the United States. Though a nightmare of monumental proportions, it pales before the terror to come, as Chase is dragged into a battle for the future that revolves around an amazing artifact. Allied with a beautiful covert operative whose life he saved, Chase must now play the role he's been destined for--a pawn of incomprehensible forces or humankind's final hope--as the race toward Apocalypse begins in earnest."--P. [4] of cover.

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Suggested by Jocelyn.

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We have always lived in the castle

Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965.

eBOOK OVERDRI

Six years after four family members died suspiciously of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods -- elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and eighteen-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat -- live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives -- cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune -- and manages to penetrate into their carefully shielded lives. Unable to drive him away by either polite or occult means, Merricat adopts more desperate methods, resulting in crisis, tragedy, and the revelation of a terrible secret.

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Suggested by Lindsey

What a quietly sinister little novel! I fell in love with the Blackwood family, strange and unsettling as they are, and I eagerly await the upcoming 2017 film adaptation starring Crispin Glover, Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, and my celebrity boyfriend Sebastian Stan.

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Sad animal facts

Barker, Brooke, author.

590 BARKER

A delightful and quirky compendium of the Animal Kingdom's more unfortunate truths, with over 150 hand-drawn illustrations. Ever wonder what a mayfly thinks of its one-day lifespan? (They're curious what a sunset is.) Or how a jellyfish feels about not having a heart? (Sorry, but they're not sorry.) This melancholy menagerie pairs the more unsavory facts of animal life with their hilarious thoughts and reactions.

Suggested by Lindsey

Did you know that mice can sense sadness in other mice? That butterflies taste everything they walk on? Did you know that a whale will lose its pod if it doesn't sing on key? These sad facts and more can be found in this book!

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What belongs to you

Greenwell, Garth.

FIC GREENWE

A haunting novel of erotic obsession by a major new talent On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher walks down a stairwell beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture, looking for sex. Among the stalls of a public bathroom he encounters Mitko, a charismatic young hustler. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and their trysts grow increasingly intimate and unnerving as the enigma of this young man becomes inseparable from that of his homeland, a country with a difficult past and an uncertain future. What Belongs to You is a stunning debut about an American expat struggling with his own complicated inheritance while navigating a foreign culture. Lyrical and intense, it tells the story of a man caught between longing and resentment, unable to separate desire from danger, and faced with the impossibility of understanding those he most longs to know.

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Suggested by Lindsey

Greenwell's debut portrays a destructive relationship that made me want to shake the protagonist, but it's so beautifully written that I tore right through it, and now I anxiously await his next novel.

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A single man

Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986.

FIC ISHERWO

After the sudden death of his longtime lover, George must adjust to life on his own as a professor in Southern California in the early 1960s. During the course of an ordinary day, George is haunted by memories as he seeks connections with the world around him.

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Suggested by Lindsey

This is one of my favorite novels. George's journey is painful to read but Isherwood was such a masterful storyteller and wizard of the written word that I could read his sentences over and over again and never tire of them.

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Guillermo del Toro at home with monsters : inside his films, notebooks, and collections

Salvesen, Britt, author, editor.

791.4302 SALVESE

In 2016, a new exhibit on the work of visionary director Guillermo del Toro will begin at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), before moving on to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Minneapolis Museum of Art (MIA). This book will be the perfect accompaniment to the exhibition, which focuses on del Toro's creative process, including the well-defined themes that he obsessively returns to in all his films, the journals in which he logs his ideas, and the vast and inspiring collection of art and pop culture ephemera that he has amassed at his private "man cave," Bleak House. Filled with imagery from the exhibit, including favorite pieces of art that del Toro has chosen for the exhibit, and pertinent journal pages, the book will further delve further into the director's world through exclusive in-depth interviews and commentary from notable figures in the art world. Forming a perfect companion to the exhibition, this book will deliver an engrossing look into the mind of one of the great creative visionaries of our time.

Suggested by Lindsey

This fascinating glimpse into the director's horror-themed exhibit includes his insights on horror and all things macabre, in particular the role of the monster in pop culture. A must read if you're a fan of his genre-bending films!

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Red-blooded American male : photographs

Trachtenberg, Robert (Director), photographer.

779.23 TRACHTE

From leading men to comedians, ballet dancers to quarterbacks, war veterans to Broadway veterans, Red-Blooded American Male features more than 100 imaginative, striking, and sexy portraits from award-winning photographer Robert Trachtenberg. Pithy captions about each shoot accompany the photographs, giving readers a peek behind the curtain of a famed portrait photographer's creative process and his world-renowned photographs. Uncovering a unique (and often self-deprecating) side to such talents as Jimmy Fallon, Seth Rogen, Channing Tatum, Waris Ahluwalia, Will Ferrell, and Kevin Hart, this collection goes beyond mere portraiture to challenge conventional notions of masculinity and traditional male imagery.

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Suggested by Lindsey

This coffee table book featuring hilarious and unexpected photographs of some of the biggest male celebrities (and beyond) was even better than I'd anticipated.

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Night talk

Noory, George, author.

FIC NOORY

A late-night talk-show host fascinated by paranormal phenomena becomes entangled in a deadly conspiracy after being accused by government agents of having dealings with a hacker who has died after stealing dangerous secrets.

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Sweet little lies : a Heartbreaker Bay novel

Shalvis, Jill, author.

FIC SHALVIS

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas. The hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors. Problem is, she's in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

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One pan, two plates : more than 70 complete weeknight meals for two

Snyder, Carla.

641.5612 SNYDER

One pan + fresh ingredients = dinner for two! With an emphasis on reducing prep time and the usual sinkful of dishes, cooking instructor Carla Snyder serves up the ideal couple's guide to simple, complete, and truly delicious meals--imagine Balsamic Braised Chicken Thighs with Figs and Creamy Polenta or Thyme-Rubbed Salmon with Shallots and Caramelized Cauliflower "Risotto"--that can be made in one skillet, in less than 60 minutes. With recipes for home-cooked pasta, grains, sandwiches, beef, pork, chicken, and seafood, plus wine or beer pairings for each dish,One Pan, Two Plates will nourish couples, from newlyweds to empty nesters, every night of the week.

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